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Bayer’s CONTOUR NEXT LINK Glucometer Now a Medtronic Standard

Bayer’s CONTOUR NEXT LINK Glucometer Now a Medtronic Standard

Bayer’s CONTOUR NEXT LINK Glucometer Now a Medtronic Standard

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Bayer HealthCare today announced that Bayer’s CONTOUR? NEXT LINK, a new blood glucose meter, is now available in the U.S. with Medtronic’s compatible integrated diabetes management systems.

Bayer’s new meter provides exceptional accuracy utilizing high-performance CONTOUR? NEXT test strips, helping optimize insulin delivery through wireless communication with the MiniMed? Paradigm™ REAL-Time Revel™ insulin pump and the MiniMed? Paradigm™ REAL-Time insulin pump. People with diabetes can have greater confidence that seamless integration with Medtronic’s Bolus Wizard? makes bolus calculations quick and easy, eliminating inaccuracies due to manual entry errors.

Bayer’s CONTOUR? NEXT LINK utilizes the new, high-accuracy CONTOUR? NEXT test strips that deliver exceptional accuracy for close-to-professional lab results that people with diabetes can count on, especially in the low glucose range (

About Bayer HealthCare

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 17.2 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,700 employees (December 31, 2011) and is represented in more than 100 countries. Find more information at

About the Diabetes Business at Medtronic

The Diabetes business at Medtronic ( is the world leader in advanced diabetes management solutions, including integrated diabetes management systems, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring systems and therapy management software, as well as world-class, 24/7 expert consumer and professional service and support.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.

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Bayer is releasing in the U.S. its new high accuracy CONTOUR NEXT LINK, a wireless blood glucose meter designed to work with insulin pumps. As a matter of fact, the new glucometer will come standard with Medtronic‘s pumps, including the flagship MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel. The meter is also compatible with Medtronic’s stand-alone Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitor.

Medtronic is planning on shifting all its insulin pump customers to the CONTOUR NEXT LINK, including shipping out the new glucometer to those using older devices.

Enables fast and easy bolus dosing and continuous glucose monitoring calibration

Pass-through feature allows for easy downloading to Medtronic’s convenient online CareLINK software, replacing the CareLINK USB device

Bayer’s No Coding™ technology makes testing easy by automatically setting the correct code each time a test strip is inserted

Easy-to-read display with large, clear numbers

Fast 5-second countdown and small 0.6 ?L blood sample

Optional pre- and post-meal markers with audible reminders

I promised details on the investigational Bayer Contour Next LINK Meter provided with my pump for the trial, so here you have it. A picture says a thousand words, so I’m going to take advantage of that. Forgive me, however, for the not-so-great picture quality. I had to use my phone camera today, as the other camera’s batteries were dead. FYI – If you click on an image, you can see it in a larger format. You also have the option of clicking through all the image up close.

Bayer Contour Meter has a USB connection for charging and downloading readings,

Results are displayed across the screen first in a big bold font, then it shoots to a smaller font as seen as it sends the results to the pump. Tough shot: Green bar says, “Results Sent.”

There is a useful “Notes” screen that includes this and the following image.

Notes also includes “Activity,” which isn’t pictured

The meter also includes a reminder to recheck your blood sugar. I haven’t used this yet, but this is a new feature, so I’m trying it out.

This is the Menu screen.

This is what you see when you select “Trends.”

The is an image of the Logbook. The text under this reading has a scrolling, “Sent, High Blood Sugar.”

Same scrolling text and amber color for a low. Font is white if reading is normal.

Easy on/off button, which seems like a silly thing to show you, but if you have the One Touch UltraLink, you understand. Just try turning the sucker off without throwing it out the window. Such an incredibly simple thing to make so hard.

Pretty cool! I didn’t give it enough credit in my first post, but I also hadn’t played with it much at that point. I don’t upload the meter into Carelink, all results are sent to the pump, so they are uploaded with the pump info. However, if you needed to upload the meter only, you could. Whatcha think?

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ZAO Device Manages Health Data from Various Devices

ZAO Device Manages Health Data from Various Devices

ZAO Device Manages Health Data from Various Devices

Sensaris releases ZAO, an all-in-one biomedical device for m-health applications.

ZAO is a all-in-one biomedical device for mHealth, disaster relief, wireless hospitals or innovative homecare uses. It communicates with mobile phones, tablets or access points and leverages cloud technologies for unprecedented applications. In a single package the following functions are provided:

- Pulse oximeter

- Blood pressure monitor

- Thermometer

- Glucometer interface

- With a WiFi module

To use ZAO, a doctor, a nurse or even a patient selects the function to be used and then starts measurements . Thanks to mobile and web based applications, ZAO displays the data either just locally or sends it securely to a distant server.


Working with doctors and nurses over the last 10 years, Sensaris realized that providing wireless devices was not enough. They needed a single wireless unit to perform essential and vital basic measurements: oxygen saturation, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose. Something that like a stethoscope they can always carry, a device which fits in a pocket. Small size, ease of use and ruggedness are crucial for telemedicine applications.

Patients also told us that instead of having to learn to operate a variety of devices they wanted a simple to use, reliable unit compatible with their phones, internet gateways or TVs.

So with the help of mHealth specialists and ER doctors we took the various stages of ZAO through tough field testing and we are now proud to introduce the result of this team effort.


We could have added a screen on ZAO to simply give results directly on it. But we chose not to because we strongly believe that a lot of applications can be developed around wireless technologies and networks. It is all about seamless experience and users using different interfaces through the day: phones, tablets, PCs, TVs. ZAO delivers vital information in real time at the point of care no matter when or where.

Two way communication over IP also provides field users with instant access to expertise. Moving data rather than patients is always more efficient.


The patent pending ZAO is the first device with 5 key healthcare functions compatible with both Android and iOS based devices (even satellite phones for remote area telemedicine).

Connectivity to plug computers enable easy deployment and connectivity to hospital Ethernet or WLAN networks.

Entreprise level security and data encryption.

Compatible with mobile broadband access for disaster emergency response.

Interoperability with existing health systems through IEEE 11073 data transcoding.

Sensaris, a company out of Crolles, France, has released a device to help track and share important health data from commonly used diagnostic devices. The ZAO includes a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, and a thermometer, and can also accept readings from a glucometer. Data is stored on a removable memory card and can be shared via WiFi automatically with an app available for both iOS and Android.

Using the phone’s 3G connection, the app can pass on readings stored on it to an online server for review by a physician.

A few tech specs:

Processor: TI MSP430

Battery: 3.7 V Lithium ion battery rechargeable via mini USB connector

Storage: 2GB SD Card

Data management: Data can be stored locally or send to a distant server. Data can be exported in a CSV or RSS format

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Philosys Gmate SMART Glucose Meter for Smartphones

Philosys Gmate SMART Glucose Meter for Smartphones

Philosys Gmate SMART Glucose Meter for Smartphones

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Philosys announced today that it has received the CE Mark for the Gmate® SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System. According to Jonathan Johnson, Director of Regulatory Affairs, “CE designation will allow Philosys to market the Gmate® SMART within the European Union,(EU), consisting of the 27 EU Member States. Moreover, the CE mark signifies that the product has been assessed before being placed on the market and meets European Union safety, health and environmental protection requirements.” Gmate® SMART is the first of its kind blood glucose monitor to work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. The CE Mark approval is an important milestone for Philosys in offering innovative technology to diabetics around the globe. Planning for the European market has been underway for more than a year and diabetic patients in the EU should be able to begin using the Gmate® SMART before the end of 2012.

“With the launch of the Gmate® SMART in Europe, Philosys provides the perfect solution to diabetics looking for new technology to help monitor blood glucose levels in an active, fast paced lifestyle,” said Jennifer Kupar, Manager of Operations at Philosys. “As smart phone usage continues to increase in Europe, there is a growing demand for this breakthrough patent-pending technology that Philosys can deliver,” Kupar continued.

As a next step, Philosys is pursuing global telecommunications contracts for the Gmate® SMART. Philosys is seeking to partner with major cell phone providers in a variety of markets to provide innovative health solutions to diabetic patients and health systems.

About Gmate

The Gmate® SMART is the smallest, most innovative glucose meter in the world. The patent pending technology of the Gmate® SMART uses the operating system of the smart phone and works by plugging the device into the headphone connector of the smart phone, and launching the companion app.

For more information please visit or contact Jennifer Kupar at

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Philosys, a company based in New York City, received European CE Mark approval for its Gmate SMART glucose meter, an iPhone/iPad attachment that is the world’s smallest glucometer. The meter uses the iOS device via the headset jack as the interface to display results and track readings. It would seem that the same glucometer should also be compatible with other smartphones as long as an appropriate app is developed.

Philosys is currently looking to partner with cell phone firms to help distribute the Gmate SMART and hopes to have it’s device available to European customers by the end of the year.

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iHealth’s 2012 lineup revealed at CES

iHealth’s 2012 lineup revealed at CES

iHealth’s 2012 lineup revealed at CES

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — (Consumer Electronics Show) — iHealth Lab Inc., the pioneering designer and manufacturer of mobile personal healthcare products for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, today unveiled three new additions to its suite of devices: iHealth Smart GlucoMeter, iHealth Wireless Body Fat Scale, and iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

The new Smart GlucoMeter is a breakthrough product giving users who need to regularly monitor blood glucose levels a more portable and effortless system for keeping their blood sugar in check. While the Wireless Body Fat Scale and Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor significantly advances iHealth’s successful first generation Blood Pressure Dock and Digital Scale. Each of these new products further emphasize iHealth’s commitment to delivering easy-to-use devices and apps that make it simple for you to test, track and graph your health.

As with existing iHealth devices, users of these products and their companion mobile apps will be able to take full advantage of the iHealth Cloud Service to instantly back-up and store their results in the cloud.

“These products further exemplify our desire and passion for truly helping people manage personal health while improving their well-being and we greatly look forward to bringing them to market in 2012,” said Adam Lin, GM of iHealth Lab. “iHealth is excited to expand its robust product offering by assisting users to manage chronic and often life-altering health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.”

How They Work

The iHealth Smart GlucoMeter lets users test blood glucose levels and test, graph and share blood glucose results. The system utilizes industry standard test strips and a specially designed iHealth test strip reader that attaches to an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

Using the companion iHealth App, users can chart their historical blood glucose readings showing 7-day, 14-day, or 30-day test result averages with colorful, easy-to-read graphics. The App helps automate the management of multiple measurement points in the daily life of a diabetic. They can easily manage their measurement records, create customized measurement plans, and even create medication reminders. Users can also instantaneously share the results with their doctor or loved ones. Finally, the App features a reference FAQ with helpful information about diabetes mellitus.

The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor lets users, for the very first time test, track and share their blood pressure – wirelessly. Using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, they can connect their iOS device via Bluetooth technology to a comfortable, soft blood pressure cuff.

The companion iHealth App includes an easy-to-use interface with data and graphics that allows users to view their blood pressure numbers, track them over time, and run reports. They can easily access historical data sets, view patterns by date and time of day and create custom graphs and charts as well as instantaneously share the results with their doctor, or loved ones. Additionally, the App contains reference FAQs for helpful information about diabetes mellitus.

The iHealth Wireless Body Fat Scale reads and records vital body composition components such as weight, body fat, and muscle mass directly on an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. A unique design based on human body engineering automates user identification so that multiple users on multiple mobile devices can share a single scale.

With the companion iHealth App, users can track progress and organize records with simple, personalized graph tools. Using the My Plan feature, they can set target goals for weight management. They can also easily share one-time readings or long-term trends with healthcare providers, fitness buddies or friends and family.


Pending FDA approval, these products will be available for purchase in the 2nd half of 2012 at, and national retailers. Pricing has not yet been determined. The companion iHealth apps will be a free download in the iTunes App Store. The companion iHealth App will be available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at

About iHealth Lab Inc.

iHealth Lab designs and manufactures consumer-friendly, mobile personal healthcare products. The company focuses on delivering easy-to-use products that make it simple for you to test, track, graph, and share your health information regularly. iHealth has developed a suite of personal healthcare devices designed for the iOS mobile platform. Visit for more information.

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iHealth’s 2012 lineup revealed at CES

iHealth produce body monitoring devices that help you stay in tip-top condition and is building out a line of devices for this year that will arrive just as soon as it’s gotten past the hurdle of FDA approval:

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a wireless update to the (wired) Blood Pressure Dock, the armband pushing your vitals over Bluetooth to an app on the device of your choice.

Smart GlucoMeter connects to your iDevice’s 30-pin port and once you’ve installed the free app, you’ll be able to stick smears of blood onto cardboard paddles in order to see how many Mike’n'Ike’s you’ve been snacking on.

Wireless Body Fat Scale will record your weight and measure your body fat to your device (and eternal shame once you’ve polished off all that candy).

There’s no word on pricing, but for reference, last year’s digital scale retailed for $70 and the Blood Press Dock for $100, so we’d expect the followups to linger around those same bands. All of these products will also connect (via their apps) to a new cloud service that the company’s launching to aggregate all that data into a single spreadsheet for the next time you need to negotiate your fee with your HMO.

This week at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas, iHealth Labs announced the iHealth Smart GlucoMeter, a blood glucose system that utilizes your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch with an attached dongle to quickly and easily measure your blood glucose levels and keep them in check. Much like Sanofi/AgaMatrix’s iBGStar, the iHealth Smart GlucoMeter consists of a test strip reader that attaches to your iDevice’s dock connector and accepts industry-standard test strips. The companion app can store and chart historical blood glucose readings, show 7-day, 14-day, or 30-day test result averages, and share these results with a physician or loved one.

Also announced at CES were updated versions of iHealth Labs’ wireless blood pressure monitor and body fat scale. The second generation wireless blood pressure monitor now uses Bluetooth technology to transmit to an iOS device. The updated body fat scale has been redesigned “based on human body engineering” to provide users a better experience in reading and recording vital body composition components.

All the announced products will also use iHealth’s iHealth Cloud Service to instantly and securely back-up and store their results in the cloud.

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Diabetic Tester That Talks to iPhones and Doctors

Diabetic Tester That Talks to iPhones and Doctors

Telcare Blood Glucose System Aims for Wireless Diabetes Management

Telcare is a Bethesda, Maryland firm that has developed blood glucose monitoring technology that combines a glucose meter with wireless connectivity to Telcare’s cloud server. The package is designed to keep an open two-way communication between a patient and an ecosystem of caregivers that may include the doctor, diabetes nurse educators, and family members.

With this system, results are shared with the cloud with each reading and the patient receives feedback and guidance that may be automated or may trigger a demand for specific caregiver advice. The system has completed

its initial clinical trials and is in the FDA clearance process.

  • By creating an immediate two-way feedback loop between patient and caregiver, Telcare’s technology transforms the management of diabetes from inefficient and episodic contact between patient and caregiver into a continuous and empowering model. Investigations with prototype products have shown the potential of this type of connectivity to improve patient adherence to recommended testing. Clinical trials are underway in order to demonstrate the potential of Telcare’s technology to improve clinical results, keep the patient well, and simultaneously reduce cost of care.

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  • As well, the MyTelcare Diabetes mobile applications (Android and iPhone) enhance Telcare Blood Glucose Monitoring System by:
  • 1) Allowing Telcare BGM users to access all of their glucose data, as well as offering additional electronic logbook capabilities such as manual BG recording, nutrition recording, weight management, exercise regimens, medication amounts, and blood pressure statistics.
  • 2) Providing a cross-platform social community where people with diabetes and healthcare professionals can interact, share stories, discuss the diabetes technology that they use, and learn from one another.
  • 3) Allowing direct to consumer supplies sales (including the Telcare Blood Glucose Meter and Telcare Test Strips).
  • 4) By offering the App to parents of Type 1 diabetes, parents gain the ability to act on the child’s hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic occurrences which could in turn reduce emergency room visits.

The Telcare Blood Glucose Monitoring System is currently pending 510(k) clearance by the United States FDA and is not currently for sale.

While consumer technology advances by leaps and bounds, the devices patients use to manage diseases often seem stuck in the past. A glaring example is the glucometer, the instrument diabetics use to measure the sugar in their blood—information they use to adjust their diet, exercise and medication.

These meters, which analyze drops of blood drawn from fingertips, typically resemble crude PDAs from 10 or 15 years ago. They offer little feedback and can’t connect to the Internet to show results to caregivers. Most diabetics who use them log their readings on paper, which they hand doctors weeks or months later.

But that is beginning to change. Next week, a small start-up will introduce a new diabetes meter it says is the first with wireless technology that instantly transmits a patient’s readings to a private online database, which can be accessed by the patient or—with permission—by a doctor, caregiver or family member. This system charts the results to highlight trends and spot problems, and can be accessed via a Web browser or an iPhone app. It automatically transmits relevant feedback—such as whether your readings seem high or low—and allows doctors to respond.


Telcare can indicate if a reading was taken before a meal.

I’ve been testing this new meter and service, which is called Telcare and comes from a Bethesda, Md., company of the same name. As a Type 2 diabetic myself, I found the Telcare meter a refreshing change, and a significant step toward bringing consumer medical devices closer to the world of modern technology.

Despite some drawbacks, including a high price, I recommend the Telcare be considered by diabetics who want a better substitute for paper logs, or would benefit from real-time sharing of their readings.

However, as with any medical decision, I urge people to consult their doctors before switching meters. Also, I evaluated this product as a consumer technology. I am not a physician or diabetes expert. While I found the Telcare meter convenient and accurate for me, your situation might differ.


An iPhone app can turn results into detailed charts.

The Telcare device works much like a traditional meter. You insert a test strip into a slot on the meter, then prick your finger with a lancing device to get a drop of blood, touch the strip to the drop, and wait for the reading to appear.

The difference is the meter immediately sends results to its online database, where you or your doctor can find it via the password-protected Web site or iPhone app. This transmission is achieved via a built-in cellular modem, which doesn’t involve any cellphone, carrier contract or fee.

That cellular connection is used to send you messages about your readings, if necessary. In this first version, the patient can’t reply to doctors’ messages from the meter, but that’s planned for the future.

Telcare typically uses T-Mobile’s network, but, if that’s not available, the meter will automatically shift to whatever compatible connection it finds. If no connection is available, it will save the results and you can transmit them manually when you’re back in range.

Because it automatically logs results and allows real-time sharing, I believe diabetics who use this new system will be less likely to skip readings, or to fudge the numbers, especially if they allow doctors and other caregivers to see the results instantly. And that could mean an improvement in their health.

While it’s a leap ahead of typical diabetes meters, the Telcare meter isn’t exactly cutting edge. It looks like a thick, old cellphone, though it’s light. Unlike most other glucose meters, it has a large color screen that allows it to display informative graphics and messages.

One drawback is the price. While many diabetes meters cost well under $50, or are free (the money is in the test strips), the Telcare meter costs $150 for a starter kit that includes the meter, a wall charger, a case and accessories. The cost drops to $100 if you subscribe to a one-year supply of test strips. The strips cost $56 for a container of 50, or $36 with the subscription. Insurance may reduce these costs.

Another drawback is battery life. Traditional meters use removable batteries that can last months. The Telcare has a sealed battery and must be recharged frequently, like a cellphone. The company says if you turn it off between readings, a battery charge should last for 200 to 300 tests. If you leave it on, it will go to sleep between tests and need to be recharged every two or three days. In my tests, doing three readings a day for four days, I didn’t need to recharge it, but I turned it off when not in use.

Also, many diabetics carry around their meters, and the Telcare is larger than any traditional meter I’ve seen, though it fits in a pocket or small purse.

Finally, the meter and strips will, at first, be available only from the company, though it’s hoping to sell them in drugstores soon.

In my tests, the meter was easy to use and gave me helpful messages, such as whether I was in my prescribed range, or what my daily averages were. A Telcare official posing as my doctor sent me test messages reacting to my readings.

I can’t judge the accuracy of the Telcare, but it has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, and the company says it meets or exceeds FDA standards for accuracy. Its readings seemed right to me.

I found the Web site and iPhone app worked well, giving me constantly updated and detailed lists, graphs and pie charts that showed me where I stood over short and long periods. These can be printed out or turned into documents for email. You can also enter notes for any reading and the meter asks you to indicate whether a reading was, say, after or before a meal or physical activity. Using the Web site, you can adjust your preferred range of glucose readings to fit your doctor’s advice. And the iPhone app allows manual entries, if you use another meter.

I did find some bugs, all of which the company pledges will be fixed before next week’s launch. In one case, when a reading produced a clearly erroneous number (something that can happen with every meter I’ve used) the Telcare failed to offer advice on what to do. Two subsequent readings were correct, however, and the company says such errors are rare.

In another case, I found I could alter a reading on the iPhone after transmission.

Telcare isn’t the only company trying to drag the glucose meter into the modern era. Entra Health Systems has a meter called MyGlucoHealth that transmits readings via Bluetooth to a cellphone for transmission to an online portal. And Sanofi and AgaMatrix offer a diabetic-testing attachment for the iPhone called the iBGStar, which isn’t yet available in the U.S., but is sold in some other countries. It can email results.

But the Telcare device is a leap ahead of nearly all glucose meters. If you’re a diabetic, or care for one, it’s worth a look.

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Tattoos instead of glucometer

Tattoos instead of glucometer

Recently we heard the news that some people with diabetes a trained and hold dog  in the house  that smell hypoglycemia (blood glucose or blood sugar below under mg/dl80 mg / dl 90 with Symptoms ) And immediately warn the owner.

Researchers now speak about a kind of tattoo that is normally invisible, but the incidence of hypoglycemia will change to orange to give warning to the owner. The tattoo with hypoglycemia resolved to become bright yellow and then fade away. Color used in tattoos containing hundreds of tiny sensors with nanotechnology that can absorb the glucose under the skin

The tattoo is not permanent, and each week it should be renewed with a special pen. Of course, this might be good because a patient can every week for a variety of tattoo designs to change her.

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